Fall Meeting
10/29/15 - 11/29/15

9/24/15 - 10/04/15


Important Dates


Santa Anita—Main Office
(626) 447-2145 Office
(626) 446-0270 Fax

Del Mar
858) 792-4488 Office
(858) 792-4484 Fax

Hollywood Park
(323) 243-9379

Golden Gate Fields
(510) 524-3081 Office
(510) 524-5280 Fax

(Fall, 2015)

ONE is essential to sport. In our sport – the greatest of them all – we have many creatures of various descriptions and talents who actively join together in the teams competing in each race.

One of the world's great companies tried to change and grow as it was assaulted by competition in many forms. Its primary defensive strategy – to diversify – resulted in its entering other industries through acquisitions, costing it billions of dollars. It had plans to compete with new technology in its own space, but the abundant cash it generated from its traditional products had apparently led to complacency in its core business.

Sales from its mainstay offerings started to fall, and then fall precipitously, by 20 to 30 percent a year! As late as 2005, it had commanded market shares of 85% and 90% in camera sales and film sales respectively in the United States. By 2009, it posted a $137-million quarterly loss and slashed 4,500 jobs. In January 2012, this once mammoth company filed for bankruptcy and was de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.

The company is Kodak.

CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative

(Notice date: August 31, 2015)

ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race]day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.

New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)

New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!

Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.

This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.

Act now!

Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.

Trainer Profile
Barry Abrams
Fall, 2015
by Ed Golden
Photos: Horsephotos

AN old man goes to a doctor. "What's the problem?" the doctor says. "I can't pee," the old man says. "How old are you?" the doctor says.

"Eighty-four," the old man says.

"You peed enough," the doctor says.

Life is relative. People die of old age if they're lucky. youth, however, is indestructible. Kids smoke even though every pack of cigarettes says it will kill them.

Barry abrams never smoked. He got cancer anyway.

A bear of a man at 6' 4", 315 pounds when he was 51, abrams was stricken with inoperable throat cancer. Ten years later and 60 pounds lighter, some of it weight from the throat cancer doctors ultimately had no choice but to remove, Abrams is still doing what he loves best, coming to the racetrack and training Thoroughbreds. He may be diminished in physical stature, but his outlook on life is bright and his sense of humor remains Bunyanesque.

TOC, CTT Endorse THA Open Letter Regarding Lasix LASIX INFO
August 9, 2014

Del Mar, Calif. – Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) stand together in support of the open letter distributed by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA) on August 6, 2014, regarding Lasix.

Memberships of both organizations overwhelmingly support current initiatives to implement uniform medication guidelines including use of Lasix. A broad coalition of racing entities has been working within the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) on this issue for several years. For the first time, the Thoroughbred industry became united in its efforts to join all racing jurisdictions under the same medication guidelines. This major initiative and step forward ought not be disturbed.

Instead, a united sport needs to continue its work until these guidelines have been adopted in every racing state. Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s efforts to fund additional research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) require support. Objective scientific research rather than political posturing must guide policy-makers and regulators to the next steps. Making arbitrary changes to rules or policies, not founded in objective science, would only result in additional turmoil and failure.

CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries
(January 31, 2013)
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries

Working with Finish Line Self-Insurance Group and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation (CTHF) will begin treating workers' compensation cases at the medical clinics beginning February 1, 2013.

Click here for more information. »» 

The Case for Using Lasix
(May 17, 2012)
The Case for Using Lasix

There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.

Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.

A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.

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Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.

Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."

Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.

If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid – both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.

New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.

This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.

Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.

Racing News
Stable Notes
Racing News
Stable Notes
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: October 25, 2015
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 22, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chairman Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, George Krikorian, and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board approved for 45-day public notice proposed amendments to regulations for medication violation penalties, including a provision prohibiting licensees suspended for more than 30 days from transferring horses to employees.
  • The Board approved for 45-day public notice a proposed regulation requiring a postmortem examination review process to determine the circumstances of each equine fatality for education and research purposes.
  • The Board heard a report from the Pari-Mutuel, ADW, and Simulcast Committee on the previous day's discussion of the possible impact of Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Horse Racing on the horse racing industry.
Date: October 22, 2015
ARCADIA, CA - Darrel McHargue, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey who began a new career as a racing official in 1988, was appointed Thursday by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to the newly created position of Chief Steward, whose primary responsibility will be the daily supervision of all CHRB stewards.
"We want to be as consistent as possible in the interpretation of CHRB rules throughout the state," said CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker. "As Chief Steward, Darrel will work with our stewards every day to achieve this goal."
McHargue, a California steward since 1990, will meet regularly with stewards at all California racetracks to review films and discuss and evaluate decisions, rulings, and other actions. He will attend seasonal and ad hoc meetings with jockeys, trainers, and other stakeholders. He will also assist in adjudicatory proceedings as appropriate and oversee day-to-day activities of all stewards in the state, including safety stewards.


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

The Horse Report
Current Issue
May 2015
970 KB pdf - 20 pages
Equine Health Report

  • Director's Message
  • Caring for Critically Ill Neonatal Foals
  • Intensive Care for Foals at UC Davis
  • Discoveries in Neonatology Made at UC Davis
  • Beloved Arabian Horses Inspire Gift to Advance Equine Health
  • Equine Researchers Investigating Silicate-Associated Osteoporosis
  • Thanks to Tam Nomoto Schumann for New Foaling Stall
  • What You Can Do to Promote a Healthy Foal


The leaves are beginning to fall and the nights are getting cooler, but show season is still in full-swing. Does your horse still have the potential for gastric ulcers? Join us in October as our expert, Dr. Jean-Yin Tan, answers your questions concerning equine gastric ulcers on AAEP's "Ask the Vet" forum.

(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures

Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.

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